Architects shape a small segment of most cities. The general population shape most of it. The future of such cities depends on the freedom that people have to transform the city to suit their needs. Opportunity supports urban transformation.
This exhibition shows the emergence of a radical domesticity in Du Noon, Cape Town, over the past 15 years. Du Noon is a place which has a government subsidized housing scheme with extensive service infrastructure, good access to jobs and rapid densification. In this context, new house types are established as sites of entrepreneurship. All kinds of businesses, such as rental apartments, shops, daycare centers and bars are run from homes. These specialized houses create local opportunities for living, working and socializing. A specialized domesticity becomes the means of claiming economic freedom. Intense opportunity leads to a radical urbanity.
In the context of limited resources, it is fundamental that architects understand what citizens are capable of doing for themselves and what infrastructure can do to support urban opportunity. Setting up opportunities for people to live, work and socialize through city design counters societal vulnerability.
The construction of opportunity is as important as the construction of infrastructure.